Using Gedmatch to Find Native American Ancestry

As usual, I’m poking around with genealogy, trying to find my husband’s Native American ancestry. I’ve turned to to see what I can find. It’s a free site but you’ll need to upload your raw data from your DNA testing company. Once you do that, Gedmatch will give you a kit#. With a kit# you can make comparisons with others. Because my husband’s Native American is on his mother’s side, I’m going to go to others related to him to see if they turn up any Native American from the maternal side. Before I do that, there are quite a few “calculators” that I can run his kit# through, like North Amerindian.

After trying many of the different calculators and nothing turns up, I’ve gone to a list of participants who share his DNA. I’m reaching out to someone who shares the same surname as my husband’s grandmother. They have provided an email address. Maybe through him and through my further poking around at Gedmatch, I’ll get some answers. It’s one thing to be told that you have Native American ancestry, quite another to prove it. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes. Available here:

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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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